Weapon of Mass Destruction (16 Nov. 1945)

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Sep 30 01:30:06 UTC 2002

On Sun, 29 Sep 2002, Dave Wilton wrote:

> So unless antedated, it appears that the term "weapons of mass destruction"
> is the result of the NY Times misquoting the president. Why am I not
> surprised?

Here is the antedating:

1937 _Times_ (London) 28 Dec. 9/3  Who can think without horror of what
another widespread war would mean, waged as it would be with all the new
weapons of mass desruction?

Fred Shapiro

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